Edge Awards

Your Elevate College Prep Experience Adds Up to More Than Experience

Illinois Tech wants you to achieve your full potential, and our Edge Award will ensure you get more hands-on experiences. We offer the award to high school students who complete an Elevate College Prep experience and want to continue their journey at Illinois Tech. If you decide to pursue your bachelor’s degree at Illinois Tech, you can use your Edge Award funding toward your Illinois Tech tuition!*

*Students who started their degree program at Illinois Tech prior to fall 2024 cannot use their Edge Award toward tuition. Please view the Edge Award policy for students who matriculated prior to fall 2024.

How You Can Earn Edge Awards

Opportunities to earn Edge Awards are available to students in ninth through 11th grade. A common way to earn an Edge Award is by completing certain Elevate College Prep experiences or virtual internships

These Edge Award earning opportunities are available to students beginning in summer 2023. We cannot retroactively award students who participated in programs prior to summer 2023.

Students who begin their undergraduate studies through an in-person bachelor’s degree program at Illinois Tech beginning in fall 2024 may apply their Edge Awards toward undergraduate tuition, divided across four years. Edge Awards must be earned by participating in qualified Elevate College Prep programs prior to applying for undergraduate admission to Illinois Tech.

ProgramAward Amount
Dual-Enrollment Course$1,000 per course
Special Events$200 per experience
Apprenticeships$750 per completion
PLTW Course$500 per course
Elevate College Prep Summer Programs$500 per experience
Qualified Admission Events$200 per event
Virtual Internships$1,000 per internship

For more information, please read the Edge Award policy.